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Moscow ends arms embargo against Pakistan in signal to India’s Modi

Mi-35 attack helicopter.

Special to By Miles Yu, Russia announced June 2 that the Kremlin had decided to lift the embargo on weapons sales to Pakistan. Moscow also said it was ready to proceed with a Mi-35 attack helicopters deal with Islamabad. This […]

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India’s new leader ‘Modi-fies’ relations with its South Asian neighbors

On his first full day as prime minister of India Narendra Modi, right, met with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Special to By Miles Yu, On May 26, one historic moment was accompanied by another. Yes, India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in as the new leader of the world’s largest democracy. But the most […]

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Jordan exports surplus F-16s to Pakistan

Pakistani F-16.  /TuAF

Special to LONDON — Jordan has delivered U.S.-origin fighter-jets to Pakistan. Pakistan has received the first of 13 F-16A/B multi-role fighters from Jordan. Pakistani sources said five aircraft arrived and were deployed by the Pakistan Air Force on April […]

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Why some insiders think missing plane landed in Pakistan

MalaysianAirlinesFlight370 As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 drags on without a trace of wreckage at sea, the likelihood of foul play looms larger. One country keeps rising to the top of the list of suspects: Pakistan. Ten days […]

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Reports: Saudis ask Pakistan for two divisions to secure the kingdom, train its troops

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, Islamabad on Jan. 8.

Special to WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia was said to have asked Pakistan for tens of thousands of troops to protect the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom. Two Pakistani dailies reported that Riyad requested the deployment of two Pakistan Army divisions, […]

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Saudi Arabia again woos Pakistan as U.S. shifts strategic balance in Iran’s favor

Pakistan’s Gen. Raheel Sharif with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Islamabad on Feb. 17.  /ISPR

Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs staff in Islamabad Saudi Arabia’s concern over the growing regional strategic dominance of Iran rose to unprecedented levels when the U.S. Barack Obama Administration abandoned support for the Saudi, Turkish, and Qatari plans […]

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Saudi Arabia, Pakistan sign accord to expand strategic ties

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, being received by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Nur Khan Airbase in Islamabad on Feb. 15.  /SPA

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have decided to enhance security cooperation. The two Muslim allies have signed what was described as major security cooperation accords during the three-day visit by Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin […]

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Saudi eyeing Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter jet, modeled from U.S. F-16

Pakistani JF-17

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has been examining the prospect of becoming a partner in Pakistan’s fighter jet program. Officials said the Saudi Defense Ministry has been reviewing Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter jet program. The officials said representatives […]

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Saudi Arabia hires cash-strapped Pakistan to bolster security

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud al-Faisal speaks during a news conference with Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Islamabad on Jan. 7. /Reuters/Mian Khursheed

Special to LONDON — Saudi Arabia has employed Pakistan to enhance internal security for the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom. Diplomats said the Saudi royal family has been working with Pakistan to bolster security in the GCC state. They said […]

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Pakistan emerges as leading supplier and trainer of Gulf state militaries

Bahraini National Guard
commander Gen. Mohammed Bin Issa Al Khalifa meets with
Pakistan Chief of Staff Gen. Rashid Mahmoud on Dec. 10.

Special to ABU DHABI — Bahrain plans to enhance military cooperation with Pakistan. Officials said the two Asian Muslim states discussed military cooperation during the visit to Islamabad by Bahraini National Guard commander Gen. Mohammed Bin Issa Al Khalifa. […]

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